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Kristen Jolly

RYT 200, BSN, RN, NCSN

Kristen is the Co-Founder, Treasurer and Activities Organizer in The Yoga Girl Sisterhood. Kristen graduated from UNC Charlotte  in 2003 with her BS in Nursing.  She is  an Alexander County native and works in the Alexander County School System as a teacher.  She graduated the 200hr YA Teacher Training at One Love Yoga in 2020!  

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Rebecca Ober

RYT 200

Born and raised in New Hampshire, Rebecca grew up spending most of her days outside, connected to nature. After graduating high school from Pembroke Academy, she moved to Boston to study Fashion Merchandising at Bay State College and upon graduating, moved to Los Angeles to work at the California Market Center. It was a great experience living in LA but ultimately her heart took her back to the mountains, and she settled in northern Nevada for four years, snowboarding, biking, hiking, paddleboarding all over Nevada and northern California. During this time she discovered Yoga. Eventually she found herself in New York City where she resided for 5 years, meeting people from all over the world, learning about different cultures and cuisines and continuing to deepen her yoga practice. Ultimately it was a decision to be closer to family that brought her to North Carolina. Right away she searched for the nearest yoga studio, a place she felt most at home no matter where she found herself. It was her connection to the teachers at One Love Yoga that inspired her to learn more about the practice of yoga and that is exactly what happened. She graduated from the 200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at One Love Yoga in November 2021. She never could have known where her journey would have taken her, nor where it is leading but she believes yoga is a healing practice she now feels called to share.

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Malinda Gryder

RTY 200

I grew up in Alexander Co, and graduated from Taylorsville High School in 1970.  My class was the last class to graduate from Tay. HS.  After high school I entered App State University in Boone.  I graduated from App in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Library Science.  While at App, I studied Karate at Lee Farmer's Karate School for three years.  That is where I first learned about the connection between the body, the mind, and the spirit.  In Karate, I learned how to fight and I also learned about Kata; the Japanese word for form.  It is just like a yoga flow, only with marital arts moves and is meant to be practiced alone.  During these last three years of college, my karate school traveled to competitions.  I competed in and won several Championships in both fighting and Kata.

After college, I became a librarian and a runner.  I competed in Road Races and won numerous trophies in my age group as well as a few overall competitions.  I loved running!

In 2013, I turned 60 and that's when I first discovered Chair Yoga through our Senior Center.  I fell in love with yoga.  I became the substitute teacher when the regular yoga teacher had to be out. 

When One Love Yoga Studio opened, I found out what real yoga was all about and what a healing practice it is.  I felt blessed beyond measure when Angie McAlpin offered Yoga Teacher Training last year at this studio.  It was nine months of reading, studying, and practicing, but I am now a Registered Yoga Teacher through YA; and its the best thing that ever happened to me.

I teach Chair Yoga Class, and substitute class at One Love Yoga in Taylorsville.